I am working to start a school-based community-supported fishery program – called Fishadelphia! – connecting seafood harvesters on the NJ shore with a diverse community in South Philadelphia. A community-supported fishery (CSF) program is similar to a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, in which consumers pay harvesters directly in exchange for weekly shares of food. Fishadelphia’s day-to-day operations will be coordinated by a group of high school students at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus in South Philadelphia.
We conducted community focus groups in the spring of 2017 and plan to run a pilot season in early 2018. Stay tuned for more details!
This project has been generously funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and includes collaborators from NOAA-NMFS, Rutgers, Community Voice Consulting, Heritage Shellfish Cooperative, and Viking Village.